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Summary

  1. FT: London Lions 95-67 Plymouth Raiders - BBL
  2. FT: BA London Lions 49-69 Nottingham Wildcats - WBBL
  3. Nottingham's Ashley Harris has a strong double/double (39 points/16 rebounds) in win

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  1. Goodbye

    That's it for our coverage of British Basketball on the BBC this evening.

    We'll be back next Friday, this time from The Emirates Arena, Glasgow.

    Glasgow Rocks take on London Lions in the BBL.

    You can find out more about the BBC's coverage of British Basketball by clicking here.

  2. Full time

    London Lions 95-67 Plymouth Raiders

    Full time in tonight's second match as London Raiders comfortably beat Plymouth Raiders in the BBL.

    The win takes London Lions up into fourth place ahead of next week's fixture against Glasgow Rocks.

  3. Line-ups

    London Lions v Plymouth Raiders

    Here's how tonight's sides line-up in the BBL fixture.

    London Lions
    Plymouth Raiders
  4. Full time

    BA London Lions 49-69 Nottingham Wildcats

    Full time in tonight's first match sees Nottingham Wildcats emerge victorious over the BA London Lions.

    We'll have more live basketball this evening as London Lions takes on Plymouth Raiders in the BBL.

  5. Line-ups

    BA London Lions v Nottingham Wildcats

    Here's how tonight's sides line-up in the WBBL.

    London Lions
    Nottingham Wildcats
  6. Get Inspired: How to get involved in Basketball

    More than 300,000 people are estimated to play basketball each month in the United Kingdom. All you need is a ball and hoop and there are thousands of outdoor courts across the country where you can play for free, so what are you waiting for?

    The British Basketball League (BBL) season runs from September to April, where you can watch the best players and pick up tips, but basketball can be played indoors and outdoors, making it a sport for all seasons.

    Find your local club by using the club finders for England Basketball, Basketball Northern Ireland, Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales.

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    Video caption: Basketball Tricks: How to spin a basketball
  7. What are the BBL and WBBL?

    The BBL has been the pinnacle of men's basketball in Britain, since its initiation in 1987.

    The WBBL was founded more recently in 2014, in an attempt to create a high-quality professional league for women.

    The Leicester Riders are the current holders of the men's league, while Nottingham Wildcats romped to victory in the women's competition last season.

    The Wildcats are in action from 17:00 as they take on London Lions in the WBBL, before the Lions' men's team take on Plymouth Raiders.

    Leicester Riders are the current holders of the BBL
    Image caption: Leicester Riders are the current holders of the BBL
  8. BBC Coverage

    Basketball originated, developed and flourished in the United States - but the British game is enjoying a recent surge in attendances at venues across the country.

    The BBC areset to broadcast 32 liveBritish Basketball League (BBL) matches this season, including eight games from the British Basketball Women's League (WBBL).

    First up this evening, we will have live coverage on the Red Button and BBC Sport website of the WBBL tie between BA London Lions and Nottingham Wildcats at the Copper Box Arena.

    Following the WBBL fixture, it's the men's turn, as the Lions face Plymouth Raiders at the same venue.

    Friday, 22 December

    WBBL Championship

    BA London Lions v Nottingham Wildcats

    17:00-19:00 (Connected TV and online)

    BBL Championship

    London Lions v Plymouth Raiders

    19:30-21:30 (Connected TV and online)

    London Lions v Plymouth Raiders
  9. As it stands...

    BA London Lions v Nottingham Wildcats (17:00)

    Having failed to register a win after seven games, BA London Lions will be hoping to break their duct and lift themselves off the foot of the table.

    The Lions most recent defeat was on Sunday against championship leaders Sevenoaks Suns, who kept up their 100% record, cruising to a comfortable win.

    Nottingham Wildcats, the reigning champions, won convincingly a fortnight ago against struggling Oaklands Wolves.

    The WBBL Cup finalists haven’t had the best defence of their title, as they currently sit mid-table after playing eight games.

    Nottingham Wildcats